Perth misses out on City of Culture title after failing to make shortlist

Saturday July 15th 2017 at 1:30 AM

Perth has missed out on the UK City of Culture 2021 title after failing to make it onto the competition’s shortlist.

The Fair City’s bid to land the prestigious honour was launched more than a year ago and included plans to transform City Hall and Perth Museum.

Paisley is the only Scottish contender left in the competition.

Ian Campbell, the leader of Perth and Kinross Council, said: “Obviously it’s disappointing that we haven’t been shortlisted.

“We always knew that our offer was different to those of the traditional UK City of Culture entries, and this is reflected in the shortlist, but our bid was pioneering.

“Of course there are also real opportunities from this experience for Perth itself, and the wider Perth and Kinross area.

There is much to celebrate about what we have achieved so far, and many of the ideas put forward will be taken forward. The Council and its partners are deeply committed to the cultural regeneration of the area.

“£53 million has already been committed to projects including the transformation of City Hall and the refurbishment of the Theatre and Perth Museum and Art Gallery.

“In just a few days there will be a public consultation event on plans for the former St John’s Primary School to become a Creative Exchange offering office facilities to creative start-ups.

“All of these projects, and more, will go ahead.

“I’m glad a Scottish contender is still in the running: congratulations to Paisley, which has the full support of the Perth2021 team. They are running a fantastic campaign and have done a great job of raising the profile of the area.”

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser said: “Ultimately, it is very disappointing that Perth did not make the final short list of contenders. The city put together a fantastic bid that highlighted how special Perth and the wider Perth and Kinross area is.

“Nonetheless, the hard work behind the scenes should be seen as a positive for Perth and progress made on promoting the city should not be lost. I would hope that the good ideas announced as part of the bid continue to develop, especially plans surrounding City Hall and the Stone of Destiny.

“Just because we can no longer be crowned UK City of Culture 2021 does not mean we cannot continue to promote and develop the Fair City.”

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